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Meet the 65th Miss Universe Preliminary Judges


The Preliminary competition will be held tonight, January 26, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena which will be hosted by Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and Derek Ramsay, joining them will be  the preliminary judges.


Dayanara Torres: Former UNICEF ambassador and Miss Universe from Puerto Rico, author, model, actress and former Miss Universe from Puerto Rico.  Dayanara says she's looking for this in the next Miss Universe:  "I'm looking forward to finding a woman who can handle herself with grace and confidence through her journey with this prestigious title. I understand it's a beauty pageant however beauty will not be the only factor. Personality and confidence will blow the judges away every time!"



Sushmita Sen: Bollywood actress, entrepreneur, philanthropist and champion of women’s rights in India; founder of I AM Foundation and former Miss Universe from India. 



Riyo Mori: Japanese actress, dancer, model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Universe 2007. 



Leila Lopes: First Miss Universe from Angola and former United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Desertification currently working with various charitable organizations in Africa.

Other Judges are:

Mickey Boardman: Editorial Director of popular fashion and pop-culture magazine, PAPER.
Cynthia Bailey: TV star, former model, and founder of The Bailey Agency School of Fashion, a modeling and fashion school dedicated to helping young women achieve their dreams. 

Francine LeFrak: Social entrepreneur, women’s empowerment activist and founder of Same Sky, initiative that provides training and employment to HIV+ women survivors of the Rwandan Genocide.

Fred Nelson: President/Executive Producer of the People's Choice Awards, the annual live broadcast celebrating fan favorites in movies, music and TV. Fred says the next Miss Universe must have these qualities: "Each incredible contestant for Miss Universe possesses these ABCs: she's accomplished, beautiful and charismatic. I look for that extra spark, the unique quality which demonstrates her ability to be both the global representative of the organization and a passionate advocate for her causes."

Cynthia Bailey: Former model and founder of The Bailey Agency (a modeling/fashion school dedicated to helping young women achieve their dreams).  Current cast member on Real Housewives of Atlanta. This is what she wants in the next Miss Universe: "I am looking for the full package. Someone who embodies confidence, intelligence, personality, style and grace. And course beauty; inner beauty as well as other beauty."

Rob Goldstone: Former journalist, publicist and international marketing director.  In the next Miss Universe, Rob says: "The new Miss Universe should be someone who uses this incredible platform for the good of humanity. She will not just look confidently beautiful, but have that special x-factor---and i think I've already seen a few."

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